FW: STOP THE INTERNET COUP -- OIC Press Release 6/11/97

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      From: 	Andy Sernovitz[SMTP:andy at interactivehq dot org]
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      Subject: 	STOP THE INTERNET COUP -- OIC Press Release 6/11/97
      Open Internet Congress List --  reply to oic at lists dot interactivehq dot org
      For Immediate Release
      Andy Sernovitz, President, Association for Interactive Media
      andy at interactivehq dot org
      Association For Interactive Media Demands An End To The Hostile
      Takeover Of The Internet By The International Ad Hoc Committee
      Asks Organizations To Oppose
      the gTLD-MoU, the Internet Society, and IANA
      Washington, D.C. (June 11, 1997) -- The stability of the Internet is
      being threatened by an attempted takeover by a Geneva-based group
      formerly known as the International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC).  Internet
      businesses and users are being blindsided by a power grab orchestrated
      by this technical group which holds no legal authority.  The Association
      for Interactive Media and the Open Internet Congress (OIC) have called
      for everyone in the Internet community to oppose this move.
      Takeover plans are detailed in a recent memorandum by IAHC regarding
      issues related to assigning "domain names" to Internet users.  The IAHC
      was organized to discuss the possibility of making more domain names
      available.  When they released their final report, called the "Generic
      Top Level Domain Memorandum of Understanding (gTLD-MoU), it actually
      contained the structure for a world government over the Internet.  The
      leaders of IAHC, including the Internet Society and the Internet
      Assigned Numbers Authority, have installed themselves as leaders of this
      This document is disguised as an innocent standards agreement regarding
      domain names.  It is actually a complex scheme to assign permanent
      control over the Internet to the six tightly controlled, non-
      representative organizations that control the IAHC.  There are no
      provisions for elections, representation, or input from consumers,
      businesses, and governments.
      "Make no mistake.  If you sign the gTLD-MoU, you will give up all of
      your rights to have any say on the structure and management of the
      Internet forever," said Andy Sernovitz, president of the Association
      for Interactive Media.  "These self-appointed autocrats have declared
      themselves rulers of the Internet, without regard to international law,
      the stability of the Internet, or the rights of you and your
      The Open Internet Congress (OIC) was founded to fight for an open
      process which will guarantee that all Internet stakeholders have a fair
      and representative voice in its management and operations.  OIC has
      called for an Internet Constitutional Convention to develop the
      representative process.  An organizational meeting will be held July 9,
      1997, in Washington, D.C., and is open to all.
      Founded in 1993, the Association for Interactive Media is the most
      div?yy	?e@erse coalition of organizational users of the Internet.  With more
      than 325 members, AIM's mission is to support the efforts of leaders
      from for-profit and non-profit organizations seeking to serve the public
      through interactive media.  With the ability to form partnerships and
      friendships among a wide variety of organizations, AIM bridges the gaps
      between groups working in dozens of different fields to ensure the
      successful future of new media.
      Who is staging this coup?	?e@, and how do they plan on pulling it off?
      The gTLD-MoU gives permanent control of the Internet to: Internet
      Society, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, Internet Architecture
      Board, International Telecommunications Union, World Intellectual
      Property Organization, and International Trademark Association.
      They have already declared control. They have created an organization to
      take control, appointed themselves leaders of it, and begun issuing
      technical orders to Internet server operators.
      They have publicly declared that they do not need the support of
      governments, consumers, and businesses because "the committee says it
      has direct control of the computers that run the Net's addressing
      system." (CNET, 5/2/97)
      What happens to the Internet if they succeed?
      The Internet is likely to break apart on October 15, 1997. That is the
      date that the coup leaders intend to re-route the Internet to be under
      their control - against the advice of those who keep things running
      smoothly today. When they rip the essential root servers off the
      Internet backbone, the entire system may begin to fragment. Your email
      will be returned and your Web site visitors will be turned away.
      These organizations have refused to recognize the validity of the
      registries that ensure that traffic is successfully delivered to ".com",
      ".org", and ".net" addresses.
      Serious concern has arisen over the possibility of malicious viruses and
      "Trojan Horses" being hidden in the software that runs the Internet.
      What happens to Internet users if they succeed?
      Businesses are likely to lose access to reliable Internet
      Control of individual trademarks on the Internet will be given up.
      Companies will be forced to submit to binding decisions made by a
      "challenge panel" in Geneva created and run by this group. If you lose,
      you will not be able to use your trademark in your domain name --
      else will.
      Companies and organizations will never have a voice in the governance of
      the Internet, will not be able to effectively defend themselves, and
      their rights against future moves by these aggressors.
      What should I do?
      Do not sign the gTLD-MoU!
      Sign up with the Open Internet Congress to secure your place in the
      decision-making process.
      Contact OIC immediately to get involved. Help us gather support from
      governments, consumers, and businesses.
      Distribute this document to all of your email lists as soon as possible.
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